Month: August 2011

Recipes for an Abundance of Garden Zucchini and Tomatoes

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Lately, tomatoes and zucchini have been overtaking our kitchen, as each day we bring a new batch in from the garden.  It’s been one of those situations where we don’t have quite enough to can, but we do have enough for them to be the focal point of dinner most nights.  I have tried a lot of recipes lately, and today I’m going to share my favorite four with you.  Enjoy!

Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Enchiladas Recipe (I make my sauce with tomatoes from the garden –you can also use canned tomatoes.  Also, I highly suggest using fresh corn.)

Zucchini Patties Recipe (I put a little mayo and then sliced tomatoes on top of mine and it was yummy!)

Blueberry Zucchini Bread Recipe (I love this recipe since blueberries are fresh at the farmer’s market –or try substituting with fresh peaches.)

Zucchini Tomato Salsa Recipe (A great recipe if you are also growing peppers in your garden)

Give these a try, and let me know what you think!?

Last Bunch of Interactive Play Quilts

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I’ve been working around the clock these days, trying to finish up the nine interactive play quilts I was commissioned to make.  I’m happy to report that I finally finished the last bunch.  As of Saturday, they are in the mail.  Would you like to see?

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The bugs in this piece are interactive and there is a hidden pocket behind one of the grasses.

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This interactive play quilt is a map of downtown D.C. –all the vehicles are interactive and stick to the road.

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There is a hidden pocket, to hold the play patches, behind the water.

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This piece has play patches of apples and birds and the pocket is hidden in the apple basket.

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They also wanted one of my tic-tac-toe quilts, with a pocket and play patches of X’s and O’s.

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The very last piece I made was an applique scene of a library, meant to hang in their reading area.

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I’m happy to be finished with this order so that I can finish up two other custom quilts this month, and then finally, hopefully I’ll be able to do some nesting and get ready for the baby boy who is growing rapidly in my stomach and kicking me constantly.  I have his quilt completely planned out, and I can’t wait to start on it!

Interactive Play Quilts x 2

Interactive Play QuiltsI’ve been busy working on the custom interactive play quilts I mentioned to you earlier this week.  I just finished an additional two.  This first one, of the record player, is for the medical facility’s music room.  It comes with felt records that can be placed on the record player –I still need to finish hand embroidering those.  The record player is also a hidden pocket so that the extra records can be held out of sight.  Go ahead, turn it on…

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interactive play quiltsTwo more down, and only 5 more to go –I’m almost half done.  I hope your sewing machine is getting as much action as mine is these days.  Happy sewing!

More Interactive Play Quilts

interactive play quiltsI’m currently working on a large custom order –nine interactive play quilts that will be displayed in a medical facility for adults with disabilities.  Today, I’m going to share two of the pieces with you.  This first piece is for the facility’s entertainment room.

interactive play quiltsAnd this second piece is meant to represent the Potomic River, since the facility is near Washington D.C.


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The bridge in this piece is actually a pocket, and the sails on the sailboats are removable and interactive in nature.  My client really wanted the pieces to be bright, inviting, touchable, and interactive, so that the residents could do more than just look at them.

Only seven more pieces to finish.  I better get back to work!

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